Assoc. Prof.

İsmail Cihangir İstek

+90 212 311 7757

Santralistanbul / E1-206

Cihangir Istek is a Faculty Member and the Graduate Program Director at the Visual Communication Design Department of Istanbul Bilgi University.

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of Istanbul Technical University; received his MSc. degree from University of London. Between 1994 and 1998, he was granted the 'Monbusho Scholarship' of the Japanese Government and completed his Ph.D. at University of Tokyo. In 2001 and 2002, he was twice awarded the 'Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship'.

He widely taught and lectured at universities like Tokyo, Tsukuba and Meiji Universities in Japan, University of California in Berkeley, the Amsterdam Berlage Institute of Architecture, and Bilkent University in Turkey. Currently, he is also a visiting faculty at the Faculty of Art, Design and Communication of Tama Art University in Tokyo.

In addition to his academic involvement, he also practices as an architect and designer, and completed many international building and interiors projects; exhibitions and space design works, and site-specific installations. Currently, he is an associate of Institute for Information Design Japan in Tokyo.

His research and professional interests include that design is not a single discourse, but a multitude of discourses always communicating with one another. He has a keen interest in this aspect of design while his work endeavors to combine research, education and practice. Other areas of interest are: Spatial Communication Design; Body (corporeal and social), Objects and Their Collective Performance in Space; Human Interaction with/in Built-Environments; Creative Thinking; Design Ideas, Strategies and Processes; Architecture and Cities; Environment and Sustainability.


1-Key areas of study

Communication/Information Design Principles and Technologies on Urbanism, Culture, Space and Architecture üzerine İletişim/Enformasyon Tasarımı ve Teknolojileri 

Human Interaction with/in Built-Environments

Design Thinking: Ideas, Strategies, Processes

2-Academic work:
Istek C.2009.“On Milan, Hospitality, Love and Hate…” (Milano, Konukseverlik, Ask ve Nefret Üzerine…) Dosya: Kültür ve Mekan, Mimarlar Odasi, no. 16, pp. 51-55, Ankara (in Turkish).
Anadol R., Büyükberber C., Ersözlü C., Istek C., Yurtcu B.2012.Legoretta Alive, an audio-visual performance in homage to the Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta, invited by and presented at Outdoor Vision Fest 2012, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, New Mexico, USA (

  • Istek C. and Schneider A. (organized by).2013. Istanbul Smart City/Smart Communication: Project-based International and Interdisciplinary Design Research, Education and Development Workshops, Istanbul Bilgi University Visual Communication Design Graduate Program, IIDj - Institute for Information Design Japan and It's OPEN, March and May 2013, Istanbul (
  • Istek C. and Schneider A.(organized by).2012. Discovering Istanbul from A to Z: Project-based International and Interdisciplinary Design Research, Education and Development Workshops, Istanbul Bilgi University Visual Communication Design Graduate Program and IIDj - Institute for Information Design Japan, March and May 2012, Istanbul (
  • Istek C. (curated and produced by),Binay R., Birol E., Gursu C., Nazliaka G, Sari J., and Yetkin C. (participated by )2009. Verde > Milano, a prototype for urban hospitality kit for Milanese, exhibited at International Milan Furniture Fair and Design Week "Salone del Mobile", Italy.
  • Istek C.( curated and produced by), Tama Art University Space Communication Design students (participated by ).House of 'Hospitality', an experimental community space for Tokyo's neighborhoods produced in colloboration with and presented at Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo (Japan).
  • Schneider A., Vyas R., Istek C.( organized and produced by) 2008.Cross-cultural Experiences: Information Design Workshop for Modelling Observations, Institute for Information Design Japan and Media Design Lab., Waseda University, Tokyo/Kiryu (Japan).